Los Angeles Opera Brings World-Class Performance to 800 Pomona Elementary Students


Los Angeles Opera Brings World-Class Performance to 800 Pomona Elementary Students
The Los Angeles Opera performed Giacomo Puccini?s ?The Girl of the Golden West? for 800 third, fourth and fifth grade students from the Pomona Unified School District.

People usually come from far and wide to watch the Los Angeles Opera. However, on Jan. 17 the Los Angeles Opera came to a special audience in Pomona  – 800 third, fourth and fifth grade students from the Pomona Unified School District.

The Los Angeles Opera provided a shortened 45-minute performance of Giacomo Puccini's “The Girl of the Golden West” for the elementary school students at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Pomona. Based on an American play, the opera is set during the California gold rush. Prior to the performance, the children studied the California gold rush in school. In addition, teachers taught about opera and opera etiquette.

This is the fourth year that the Los Angeles Opera partnered with Cal Poly Pomona and Pomona Unified School District to bring this kind of unique community performance to youths in the region.

Stage performers included: Cedric Berry (Sheriff), Heather Calvete (Minnie), Jamie Chamberlin, Michael Dawson Connor, Gregorio Gonzalez, Sal Malaki, Eli Villanueva and Jamieson Price. Daniel Faltus is music director and pianist with Ray Frisby on percussion and Vivian Liu on synthesizer.